Mayor Murray released the statement, ”Police reform is the single most important issue facing my administration,” on Wednesday, adding that it will receive his “most serious and sustained attention” as mayor. Murray announced that he’d soon select a new Chief of Police who will, hopefully, mend the relationships between the Seattle Police Department and the community by establishing accountability and earning back trust.
On April 14, the United States gained 74 new United States citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at the Seattle Central Library downtown. As stated in Mayor Murray’s recent press release “the new U.S. citizens come from 31 countries, including an ordained minister from Congo, an Ethiopian woman joining family members already in the U.S., a Japanese housewife who loves to garden, and a Canadian man who was so eager to become a U.S. citizen that he hand-carried his application to the post office on his first day of eligibility… only to discover it was a holiday.”
On May 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Pasco (606 15th Avenue East) the Parks Legacy Advisory Committee invites the community to join in for a beer and a panel discussion on the topic of the future of Seattle parks. In March, the group submitted their final recommendations to the mayor and Seattle City Council about the funding ballot measure that will go to the public for vote in August. Mayor Murray’s proposed funding plans includes the development of 14 new parks on city-owned land. Discussion at the panel meeting will center around parks funding options, like establishing a Seattle Parks District, and well as the Central Waterfront Park.